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Projects on My Needles – September 22, 2018


Sorry for shouting. But Autumn means time is actually moving even though I’m 798 years pregnant and feels like I always will be. I’ll be 40 weeks on October first, so baby will likely be an October boy.

Since my last WIP update last month (I swear it always feels like 3 days passed rather than 30), I’ve had a few goings on in the Etsy shop.

  • I had a bit of a shop update with some new colors (mostly Once in a Lifetime – if they’re well-loved I may try to approximate how I came up with them again!).
Electric Sunset
Pumpkin Spice Latte
French Silk
  • And I’m having a giveaway – not for any reason in particular. Maybe 200 Instagram followers, maybe pre-baby crazies, maybe I just felt like it! At any rate, go to this Instagram post to enter. You’ll win your choice of one of these 2-3 skein project bags (quality AF if you ask me) and any skein of yarn from my Etsy shop!
Comment & tag a friend on this Instagram post to win!

I’m trying to be more of A Photography so that my website, shop, and Instagram look more professional. I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m trying!

Moving right along, I have 0 finished objects. :(. That feels like a bit of a let down, but everything I’m working on is pretty sizeable, and I’ve put in a lot of work on each one. SoOoOoOo we’ll just skip right ahead to WIPs!

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

I did like maybe 5 more rounds on these socks since last month, but look! The first stripe color is happening! I had a day where I was waiting for Renee’s sweater to dry (I had to block the shit out of it), so I picked these up out of obligation to giving my husband socks before winter is over.

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

This is what I have been working on monogamously since I finished quadrant 2 of my Rose cardigan below. Renee will be visiting in early October, and while it’s basically impossible that I would have it finished by then, I’d like it to at least be try on-able at that time. Here, you’ll see it being blocked the ever-loving shit out of. Some of the textured stitches I was trying out for the yoke are quite inflexible, so I wanted to see if it was even worth incorporating it into the final design. Otherwise, the sleeve stitches are separated and I’m a good 5 inches into the body. I’m working on some texture for the body, so we’ll see how that turns out as well. At any rate, I will be working on this until it’s DONE so Renee can actually wear it, and so I can move on and knit for MEMEME because I’m selfish.

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga on a OOAK color
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

This cardigan is what I really want to be working on. I’ve finished two quadrants now, and I’m itching to start the 3rd. I might do like an inch of it just so I can pick it right up once I finish Renee’s sweater. But that would be a breach of my monogamy. Whatever, these are self-imposed rules.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga (Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror)
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

Scottie’s R&R Hoodie

I hadn’t started this yet during last month’s post, so I feel like this is significant progress! I got Scottie’s hoodie going up to connecting the pockets back to the body, and now it’s just stockinette up until where sleeves get attached. I think I may bring this with me to the hospital for possible mindless knitting after the baby comes and we have to stay a night or whatever. This may possibly be a ridiculous thought (that I’ll be able to knit even 1 stitch after baby comes), but I’m bringing it anyway.

Pattern: R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Sap
Ravelry Project Page: R&R Hoodie

Classic Sweater

Okay this is just a swatch, but it’s progress. I think I might actually properly start this soon once I find gauge. It’s a primarily double crochet pullover in DK weight, so I know it’s going to be a quick project. I just need another project bag.

Pattern: Classic Sweater by Rachel Choi
Yarn: Knitcraft & Knittery Merino DK in Ohio in Springtime
Ravelry Project Page: haven’t started one yet!

Future Castonitis Afflictions

This section is going to just keep growing. Why don’t I keep it to the next 3 things I plan to cast on! (And a sewing project that is probably going to remain only theoretical.)

I’m really excited about this shawl – both to wear and to showcase these Game of Thrones Dragons Colorways. I have already dyed up a skein of Viserion for myself, but need to find time to dye a Drogon and Rhaegal. Full disclosure, I dyed a TON of these for an Etsy order and need a little separation to make my heart grow fond again.

So, once I actually get Jason’s socks done, I’ll be casting these on. This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! The Elder socks are available for preorder now through her Ravelry page if you’re interested! I haven’t bought it yet, but will once I have a minute. I can’t wait for 3 pairs of contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Deathly Hallows. Let’s not hold our breath on my knitting speed though.

When I first saw this pattern I was like “omg no why stop”. However, since then I’ve seen some others make this in some more muted colors and use techniques to make it more cohesive, so now I’m like “omg this is brilliant for leftovers”. What I plan on doing is using the same color for the neck, body hem, and sleeve cuffs; the entire thing will be marled with charcoal; I will fade 4 colors from top to bottom rather than just striping them; and the right side is going to be reverse stockinette so the fade is even less stripey. Now, I’m usually only a proponent of fades that actually were meant to blend into each other, but I think with the combination of holding charcoal with the colors I’m fading and doing reverse stockinette will make them blend a bit more. This will all make a lot more sense when I cast on. Which I technically could do at any time because I don’t need to buy or dye anything to accomplish this pullover.

We’ll see if I ever manage to make this, but I do have all of the materials. Maybe I’ll cut the pieces out one day and just do like one sewing instruction a week and then the baby will be in kindergarten and I’ll have a sweet backpack.

Teddy Mommy & Me Diaper Backpack - Daily Backpack - RLR Creations

So this is what I’ll be working through until baby gets here! Then he’ll be dubbed “The Showstopper” until I relearn how to get anything done like eat or pee or just-run-a-business-from-my-house-nbd.

Looooooove youuuuuuuu


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